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MemberPaula Curtis

I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Council on East Asian Studies of Yale University. My research focuses on cross-status socioeconomic networks based on documentary forgery production during Japan’s late medieval era, particularly the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. I am also interested in digital humanities and the use of digital tools to analyze premodern historical sources.

MemberJun Okada

Jun Okada is Associate Professor in Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College. Her research centers on Asian American film and video, as well as global art cinema and film culture. She published Making Asian American Film and Video: History, Institutions, Movements, with Rutgers University Press in March 2015. 

MemberPeter Austin

My research interests cover documentary, descriptive, theoretical, historical and applied linguistics. I have extensive fieldwork experience since 1972 on Australian Aboriginal languages (northern New South Wales, northern South Australia, and north-west Western Australia) and co-authored with David Nathan the first fully page-formatted hypertext dictionary on the World Wide Web, a bilingual dictionary of Gamilaraay (Kamilaroi), northern New South Wales, as well as publishing seven bilingual dictionaries of Aboriginal languages. Since 2011 I have been working with the Dieri Aboriginal Corporation on revitalisation of the Dieri language spoken in South Australia (see Dieri WordPress). Since 1995 I have been carrying out research on Sasak and Samawa, Austronesian languages spoken on Lombok and Sumbawa islands, eastern Indonesia, in collaboration with colleagues at Mataram University and Frankfurt University. My theoretical research is mainly on syntax and focuses on Lexical Functional Grammar, morpho-syntactic typology, computer-aided lexicography and multi-media for endangered languages. I have also published on historical and comparative linguistics, typology, and Aboriginal history and biography. I am currently working with Dr Julia Sallabank and with colleagues at University of Warsaw and Leiden University on an EU Horizon2020 Twinning project called Engaged Humanities, and with Professor Stefanie Pillai, University of Malaya, on a British Academy-funded collaborative research project in Malaysia.

MemberJohn Wei

Dr. John Wei is Senior Lecturer at Media Design School, New Zealand, where he has been lecturing and supervising students in Art and Design as well as Creative Technologies. Previously he held multiple teaching and research roles at the University of Melbourne, the University of Auckland, and the University of Canterbury. His research examines social practices and cultural productions of gender and sexuality through global media, film, and urban screen cultures. He has published on film and psychoanalysis, cross-cultural online fandom, and transnational digital filmmaking and social media. He is the author of Queer Chinese Cultures and Mobilities: Kinship, Migration, and Middle Classes (forthcoming, Hong Kong University Press).

MemberMorgan Pitelka

I am a historian of Asia with expertise in Japan. I received my Ph.D. from Princeton University and have studied and conducted research at universities in Japan, China, Singapore, and England. As Director of the Carolina Asia Center (2013-2019), I wrote the first successful grant to the Department of Education to establish a Title VI-funded National Resource Center for the Study of Asia at UNC, as well as a renewal in 2018. I have also successfully won grants for the university from the Japan Foundation, the Korea Foundation, and the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation.  

MemberJoel Neville Anderson

Joel Neville Anderson is Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and Film at Purchase College, State University of New York. He was awarded the Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship for completion of his PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, examining the institutional mediation of personal documentary in the neoliberal era. Additional research and teaching encompass community media, cinema and media studies, experimental filmmaking, environmental justice, film festival studies, and Japanese cinema. Anderson’s writing appears in journals, anthologies, and magazines including Studies in Documentary Film, Millennium Film Journal, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Afterimage, Hyperallergic, Senses of Cinema, Film on the Faultline, and the Routledge Handbook of Japanese Cinema. He has received grants, fellowships, and residencies from the Flaherty Seminar, Signal Culture, and Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. He has taught theory, history, and studio production courses at the New School and University of Rochester in addition to SUNY Purchase, and workshops at the Museum of the Moving Image, Jacob Burns Film Center, and Downtown Community Television Center. He curates JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film, the largest festival of contemporary Japanese cinema in North America at Japan Society, New York, and formerly programmed the avant-garde film series On Film in Rochester. He produces the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies podcast Aca-Media, and previously served as Managing Editor and Editorial Board Member of InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture. He is based in New York City.